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Grateful Dead Live at St. Paul Civic Center Arena on 1977-05-11

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Grateful Dead Live at St. Paul Civic Center Arena on 1977-05-11

Set 1

The Promised Land
They Love Each Other
Big River
Looks Like Rain
Ramble On Rose
Jack Straw
El Paso
Lazy Lightnin' ->

Set 2

Samson And Delilah
Brown Eyed Women
Estimated Prophet
Scarlet Begonias ->
Fire On The Mountain ->
Good Lovin'
Uncle John's Band ->
Space ->
Wharf Rat ->
Around And Around

Brokedown Palace

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue St. Paul Civic Center Arena
Location St. Paul, MN

Source SBD -> Master Reel -> Dat (44.1k) D
Lineage Dat (Sony R500) -> SEK'D Prodif Plus -> Samplitude Professional v8.01 ->
Transferred by Charlie Miller


-- The skip in Jack Straw has been fixed
-- All disc changes are seamless
-- Reel flips in Ramble On Rose and Wharf Rat
-- Cool Edit Pro was used to make level adjustments
-- Fixed flaw in tuning before Ramble On Rose


Reviewer: Mind Wondrin - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 27, 2016
Subject: One of the lesser waves in the tempest sea

It's tough competition for any one show to stand out in Spring '77, especially up against 5/7, 5/8, 5/17, 5/21 & 5/22. This one's rough for a May '77 but with the a few of the typical highs. The only lesser May '77 show is probably 5/5 - as far as May 77 goes, which is still good stuff. Like Xpanding Man said below, "There can only be so many great shows in a row". This was the first-ever show at the RiverCentre (where Excel Center is today).

First Set. First raises its head with a nice tempo in Big River - when Jer takes another measure the excitement starts to ramp, They coast through Loser but Looks Like Rain is hot, as others have pointed out. It takes a well-played version or I'm meh. Here there are a few extra figures from Jer & Keith to make Bob's clunky, improbably-chorded ballad work, and Donna is in her element. The rest is average '77 (with Keith tapping barrelhouse flourishes on Jack Straw) until it all converges to a walloping Deal.

Second Set. Supposedly Keith was touring a Moog but Lazy Lightnin' sure sounds like a Hammond. The first floating machine is Sugaree, and it's up there with 5/11 (though not 5/28). Samson is equally powerful and the nice pace improves Brown Eyed Women. Estimated is Grace C average - you can collate since it was played every night of the tour! Making up for that is a Scar>Fire that gets better, and better still, until you have one of the month's best Fires. 5/08, 5/17, 5/21, & 5/25 are the big ones but the last five minutes matches those. The rest is perfunctory for '77, dipping to an Uncle John's with nobody save the back line on the same page. Although, the crash into Wharf is a moment and Donna was an improving element on Brokedown.

1st Set:  C+
2nd Set: B-
Overall = 3 Stars

Looks Like Rain - great ensemble playing and Donna
Deal - always good in '77
Sugaree - long enough to re-peak
Samson & Delilah - powerful
Fire on the Mountain - sinks into the lava, sizzles

SOURCES: Charlie twice fixed very minor glitches to get to this 83196 version (the yubah.695 is as good). Also in the May 1977 box.
Reviewer: eaglesfilledthesky - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 17, 2015
Subject: it's all good
Outstanding performance, great recording! Really, one of the best ever. All I can say, 5 stars isn't enough stars.
Reviewer: darkstarcrashes_79 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 18, 2013
Subject: another fine example
another great show from May 77. I'm surprised to see a board from this show still up since they just released the whole big May 77 package. Imo this show's 1st set blows away Cornell but Cornell's 2nd is better. Killer Loser here and also TLEO but the true reason I prefer this to Barton Hall is the Peggy-O can't recall a better one. Oh yeah don't sell the 2nd short though wonderful Uncle John's and top-notch Wharf Rat too in the 2nd. damn jumped to the 2nd without even mentioning the Sugaree which is 5 starred for sure.gotta give the boys their due another 5 in a month full of them. Oh yeah Charlie Miller production no need to say more.
Reviewer: Chris29 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 26, 2012
Subject: Super! Super!
Ce concert excellent mériterait d'être le 37è Dick's Picks!

Performance sans faille du Grateful Dead avec une prise de son au top!

Je recommande ce concert à ceux qui voudraient découvrir ce groupe, l'un des plus grands des années 68-95

Un grand merci à Charlie Miller !
Reviewer: Jeff Knorek from Nova Scotia - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 24, 2012
Subject: Yet another killer Spring '77 show
I wonder at what point in May 1077 they realized that they were on a roll?

5 stars both for performance and recording.
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 28, 2011
Subject: Another great '77 show
The first s et was a bit slow for me but that second set... wow!That Scarlet->Fire easy rivals 5/8. Actually it may be my all time favourite Fire.
Reviewer: myhungryhippo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 11, 2010
Subject: fire on fire
a great bass heavy mix with a hint of echo.
Reviewer: geraldusa - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 6, 2010
Subject: A Jerry Night
Deal, Sugaree, Loser, SG, Fire, Peggy-O, Brown Eyed and so on. For those that say the set doesn't matter I challenge your point of view. I can listen to him over and over. This was his night. I love his guitar and improvisation. I also love the vocals that came out of 72-74 time period and 1977. His voice could be near perfection on some nights.
Reviewer: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 4, 2009
Subject: silly rabbitt trix r-4 kidz
plain and simple this show is classic A-1 77' more than words can tell!!~ :)
Reviewer: direwolf600 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 26, 2008
Subject: Sugaree!
First off, very nice upgrade Charlie, much thanks. The sound on this is bristling with energy. It really highlights the best parts of 77 sound.

Energy packed Promised Land to kick things off, followed by a nice but standard 77 TLEO. very solid Big River is next, though there are some serious scorchers from this era, this one is still very well played. An average 77 version of Loser comes next, not entirely average, Jerry's voice is piercingly powerful. Good L.L. Rain, but lacks the powerful Jerry punch which makes it a worthwhile listen on most occasions. Pretty good Ramble, but nothing to write home about. Very aggressive pace early in this Jack Straw makes it unique from the outset. Not much in the solo, but double timed pace for much of this version makes it a lot of fun. A beautiful Peggy-O raises this set up. Jerry's solos are just right and his vocals are touching to say the least. Nice crisp El Paso. Real nice Deal for the era. A decent but standard Lazy Lightning>Supp. Though it's worth saying that standard versions of this from May 77 kick ass. I'm a huge fan of that pairing and May 77 was definitely its high point.

Absolutely EPIC Sugaree! Hands down one of the very very best. It stands right up there with 5/28/77, which is my personal favorite. Some very unique playing from Jerry gets dropped in throughout this version which really sets it apart from many of the other highly regarded 77 versions. Not that those aren't all great, but they are mostly great for the same reasons, this one, takes the next step. Strong Samson & Delilah, a short rest before jumping into very nice BE Women. A strong E. Prophet follows as the gateway to the meat of the show. The Scarlet here is very nice and the transition features some fast dancing picking from Jerry. The opening licks from Jer in Fire are great. This Fire does not disappoint. Perfect execution throughout with some tremendous moments from Jerry and Phil. The move briskly into Good Lovin' which jumps right off the recording. Their playing to this point in the set has been very aggressive and thoughtful. Up next is a perfectly time Uncle John's. Believe it or not 77 was sort of a renaissance year for this song. Played sparingly in 73 and 74, just 26 times in total, then once in 76, in 77 they would bring it back playing it 12 times before shelving it for all of 78, and just 3 performances in 79. In fact, 1977 and 1980 are the only years UJB was played in double digits between 75-87. This UJB is nice and laid back until the end of the 7th minute. There is a short spacey jam following UJB before they settle into Wharf Rat. Its really more of a jump into Wharf Rat. This Wharf Rat is very powerful. Jerry's singing shines through on the tape like its coming from heaven at times. His solo is equally angelic, although emoting a more devilish attitude. As they come to the end of Whart Rat, there is a moment when it sounds like they may be headed for Other One, but instead they jump right into Around & Around. Obviously, its no TOO, but this Around rips the doors off the place. Great set closer. The Brokedown Encore is perfect, nothing else needs saying far as that goes.

Sound: 9.5/10
Playing: 9/10
Overall: 9/10
Reviewer: Direwolfman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 27, 2008
Subject: Nice sound
Very nice upgrade with great sound. Thanks again Charlie!
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